William Bland: Sonata No. 9 in F Major "Spring", Nouveau Rag, Sonata No. 10 in e minor; Kevin Gorman, piano

$ 16.99

Bridge Records is pleased to issue the second volume of American pianist Kevin Gorman's survey of William Bland's 24 Piano Sonatas.  Volume One of this series received high praise for both the originality of Bland's music, and Gorman's stunning performances.  Volume 2 presents the premiere recordings of Sonata No. 9 in F Major "Spring", and Sonata No. 10 in e minor.  Also included is William Bland's most frequently recorded composition, "Nouveau Rag".  "The range of expressive tools is vast.  It's grand music, with grand playing too from Gorman.  It is fervently to be hoped that this series continues." - Colin Clarke, Fanfare


“I think Bland's Ninth Piano Sonata is a work of originality and importance. I would welcome encountering it on any piano recital. All of the music on this disc is likely to satisfy listeners who believe that there are still new and important things to say using a traditional musical language. Bland could not have a more impassioned advocate than Gorman.” 5 Stars  — Henry Fogel, Fanfare


"The writing for the piano is rhapsodic, and colorful, a celebration of the keyboard's potential for both lyrical and virtuoso expression. Bland somehow manages to take seemingly disparate voices and create a cohesive, moving experience.  Kevin Gorman is once again a marvelous advocate for Bland's music, playing with virtuoso flair, gorgeous tone, and a masterful flexibility of pulse."  — Ken Meltzer, Fanfare